Originally I thought Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou was going to be a slice of life demon high school anime from the title. It’s more of an action title than anything. It features a lot of fighting, gore, and zombies. What about plot, you say? Not so much…
Note: I think this anime probably makes no sense even to native Japanese watchers. I watched this raw, so if I make a mistake in this entry, please let me know in the comments.
The first few minutes of the anime are basically just eye candy. I guess you could say the whole thing is eye candy, actually. There’s a bunch of images that don’t really seem to be related to each other. A high school girl is walking around by herself when she feels some kind of presence following her. She starts running, and all around people are flipping out and fighting each other. Eventually the zombie mob catches up to her…
Meanwhile, school is interrupted as a rival bunch of thugs demands to fight our heroes, the zombie-busting school kids. I don’t think the thugs are zombies themselves… It’s probably just an excuse to animate more fighting. The meganekko reporter also shows up to try and find a dai-scoop.
Later, the source of the zombies is revealed! It’s some kind of giant bug thing that sucks the life out of people… And it keeps the zombies on a string? The school girl who was attacked revisits her boyfriend and brings a couple of her friends with her. Fortunately, the high school anti-zombie squad is on the case! They exterminate the zombies, chase the giant bug thing, and save the meganekko! They fight it until it keeps shrinking and eventually turns into a doll that coughs out a spider. WTF?
There’s also a nonsensical fight between some monk guys and a very strangely dressed man. He has a two-faced sidekick who goes from moe to emo in a flash! This part just seemed really out of place as it had no prior context or anything.
I’m not really sure how I feel about this anime. Granted, I watched it raw and it made very little sense. But I think that even if I had grand mastery of the Japanese language, it still wouldn’t make any sense.
Maybe this anime doesn’t have to have a plot. Maybe I should just sit back and enjoy the epic mob battles. I mean, if zombies are involved, that usually denotes a lack of a serious plot, right?
I guess that eventually the anime will explain the situation. Why are there zombies terrorizing Japan? Why do these school kids have super powers? What’s the deal with those monks?
One thing I can say about Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou is that the animation is good. Of course, with a lot of anime the first episode looks awesome, then the animation quality quickly deteriorates. I guess we’ll need to see more. The fight scenes were especially cool. The pacing seemed a little too schizophrenic for my tastes, though. Like everything happened way too fast and it felt like a cheesy action movie.
I should also point out that this anime is really gory. Like there’s quite a bit of limb slicing and whatnot. They must show this anime pretty late at night because even I was starting to get grossed out.
The character designs are certainly interesting. Everything in this anime is a bit more gritty than most other shows. I’ll hand it to the artists, though, they sure do draw a good zombie.
A lack of nonsensical plot (which could just be due to my bad Japanese, but probably not) hurts this anime a bit. Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou still looks really awesome, though. I guess I might wait until a sub comes out so I can actually try and make sense of what’s really going on. It’s probably the most action filled anime, at least.